Statement in response to attempted vandalism of artwork at the National Gallery of Canada
An individual, who is unknown to the National Gallery of Canada, attempted to deface Tom Thomson’s Northern River, 1915, on view at the Gallery. Fortunately, the artwork was not harmed during the incident. The Gallery immediately implemented security protocols and the Ottawa Police Service arrested the individual. The work was displayed in a protective glazed panel and has been taken out from display for further evaluation. We expect it will be rehung shortly.
The Gallery is collaborating with the police. The safety and security of our staff and visitors and of our collection remain our highest priority.
This type of incident is unfortunate. Due to the active police investigation, the Gallery has no further comment.